If you are searching for information about the CCC.exe process that is running in your Task Manager than you are in the right place. In this article you will find out what is CCC.exe process and how you can disable or remove it.
The ccc.exe process running in the background of your Windows operating system means Catalyst Control Center, being actually the driver user interface of your ATI graphics adapter. With the help of the ccc.exe process you are able to control various visual settings, from the display resolution to gamma and Vsync. You can even setup global hotkeys in ccc.exe process so that you can have quick access to a few video tweaks.
Unlike other services that we’ve covered, the ccc.exe process is not one of the targets of known viruses so as long as you have an ATI Radeon graphics adapter, you should not worry about ccc.exe process running in the background of Task Manager. Surely, there may be exceptions to this case but from what we’ve managed to find out, no threats have been reported about a virus hiding behind ccc.exe process of the Catalyst Control Center.
One of the main reasons why the ccc.exe process is running in the background is to allow you to access the Catalyst Control Center right from the taskbar, by using the red ccc.exe process icon.
We have to mention that the ccc.exe process might not have an entry in the startup list from windows due to the fact that some versions of Catalyst Control Center have the feature integrated straight into the driver.
How to remove the CCC.exe process tray icon?
If you would like to remove the red icon for the CCC.exe process you will have to open the Catalyst Control Center and then go to the Options menu. From there on you should go to the Preferences menu and there you can choose to disable the ccc.exe process icon from the Windows tray.
Please take into consideration that this will not also remove the CCC.exe process from running in the background. This will only help you to keep things organized down in the tray area.
How to completely remove the ccc.exe process by uninstalling the Catalyst Control Center?
Like we said above, you can remove and disable the CCC.exe process from running in the background of your Windows if you go ahead and uninstall the Catalyst Control Center. In order to do this, you will have to open the Control Panel and select the Uninstall a Program option. Go through the list and when you find the ATI Catalyst Control Panel, responsible for the ccc.exe process, you will have to click on the change button and confirm your uninstall. By doing this you will make sure that only the ccc.exe process is removed from the computer and not the actual driver for the graphics card.
How to disable temporarily the CCC.exe process?
If you would like to keep the Catalyst Control Center installed on your computer, you can only disable the CCC.exe process for a short period of time. You can do this by creating a new shortcut to the ccc.exe process by adding this to the target – taskkill /f /im ccc.exe and then copying the new shortcut to the Startup list.
This will only disable temporarily the ccc.exe process without actually uninstalling the Catalyst Control Center.
We highly recommend you not to remove the Catalyst Control Center completely as it could do irreparable damage to your system so if you would like to have the ccc.exe process removed from the task manager you can try and end the process and after that, rename the file using a different name.
If you do this it is very likely that any item related to the ATi Control Panel will encounter an issue due to the fact that the ccc.exe process is not running in the background anymore. Please do this at your own risk.